AUTHOR INTERVIEW 36


Larry Smith III

United States

Age 38

I was born and raised in Houston Tx, I graduated from Gulf Shores Academy High School, Where I later went off to college in Baltimore Maryland. After attending college in Baltimore I came back home and later attended Houston Community College for Business Management in 2015, I have been an author for 10 years and my published books are called „The Other Side of Ecstasy” and „The Power of Achievement” Along with my new upcoming book titled „BLACK GOLD DOWN UNDER”.
„The Other Side of Ecstasy” is about a guy who sold me a bad ecstasy pill back in 2004, After taking this pill I drifted off into a world unknown, Also the drug made me attempt suicide in my room, After being admitted in a hospital a priest performed an exorcism on me to see if I would regain my normal composure, After all of this happened, one morning I left my house and walked across the street to catch a cab to the nearest bus station, After slightly feeling better I decided to catch a greyhound bus to Las Vegas Nevada where I regathered my thoughts and began to start living my most prominent life again.


Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Larry Smith: Learning to cope with having schizophrenia and balancing out my life in order to keep writing.

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Larry Smith: My immediate family does support me, they think I am doing a great job!

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Larry Smith: I would have paid more attention in my English classes.

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Larry Smith: On average, it takes me about a year and a few months to write a book.

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Larry Smith: Yes I believe in writers block.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Larry Smith:  I believe a person could call themselves a writer after publishing their first book.

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Larry Smith: Actually a writer and an author can be both one and the same.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Larry Smith:  I just try not to get mad and do better on my next book.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Larry Smith: Trying to collectively gather all my materials while trying to actually finish writing the book.

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Larry Smith:  I have been writing for 10 years.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Larry Smith:  I would tell the writer to not try and finish their book so quick.

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Larry Smith: Good elements of writing are good flow and having a beginning, middle, and end.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Larry Smith:  I believe the characters come first because the reader needs to know who the characters are in the story.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Larry Smith: I just tell the story and include the characters to make the story flow smooth.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Larry Smith: I called myself a writer after publishing my first book.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Larry Smith:  I use social media frequently to advertise my books.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Larry Smith: My favorite part of publishing is having an author copy of my book in my hands, my least favorite part of publishing is the waiting process.

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Larry Smith: I would direct them to a site called fiverr.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Larry Smith: I have written 2 books, and my favorite is my upcoming fiction book „BLACK GOLD DOWN UNDER”.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Larry Smith: Telling the actual story from beginning, middle, and end.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Larry Smith: The beginning of the story.

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Larry Smith: I can relate to my youngest brother in the story because he just wanted me to be normal again after taking the drug ecstasy.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Larry Smith: No sequel.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Larry Smith:  I spend most of my day laughing at people that come in and out of Starbucks, people are so interesting.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Larry Smith: Well I would like to become a multi-millionaire writer someday, I hate that their are so many rude people in the world.

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